Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 7, 2012, in Los Angeles. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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Bad Behavior From A Sports Franchise Owner? That's Not New
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Back in the day, people used to ask Frank Deford who he thought was the greatest boxer. Nowadays, nobody even asks about boxing. Getty Images hide caption

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Sports Reporting: The Way It Was ... And Is
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Frank Deford says there'll never be another Tiger Woods of any sport. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Everything, Tiger Will Always Be No. 1
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Paycheck Players: Love of the game may no longer be enough motivation for college athletes. iStockphoto hide caption

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Deford: Paying College Athletes Would Level The Playing Field
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Phil Jackson recently signed on as the new president of the New York Knicks. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office
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Pete Rose swings for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1985 season. Rose, aka "Charlie Hustle," famously ran to first base even when he was given a walk. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images hide caption

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In Sports, There's No Such Thing As A Bad Hustle
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Tennis Coach Nick Bollettieri gives instructions to a young Anna Kournikova of Russia during a training session at his tennis academy in Bradenton, Fla., in 1990. Kournikova went on to become a highly ranked international player, but she ended her career at age 21 because of injuries. Simon Bruty/Getty Images hide caption

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A Star Tennis Coach And The End Of The All-Around Athlete
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Imagine how much livelier baseball would be with a 14-inch home plate. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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It's Time To Shrink Home Plate
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Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel with players Robert Luce (from left) and Michael Sam, ahead of the Cotton Bowl in January. Tim Sharp/AP hide caption

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Michael Sam, A Distraction? Please
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Russia's Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar helped Russia take gold during the team figure skating competition in Sochi. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Double Axels And Death Spirals — Yes, Figure Skating Is A Sport
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Olympic volunteers in Sochi, Russia, in January. Alexei Nikolsky/AP hide caption

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An Olympic Shame: Vladimir Putin Plays Host To Winter Games
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Seattle Seahawks fans, perhaps in a moment of reflection, before the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 19. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger
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Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. Phil Sandlin/AP hide caption

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In Ice Skating's Biggest Story, The Media Were Poor Sports
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